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unit 1
7 hours

Once in a While, Something Slips


Students read E. B. White’s personal essay “Death of a Pig.” Students analyze how White unfolds and draws connections between key events and ideas in the text while developing and refining his central ideas. Students examine the text for examples of parallel structure and various types of grammatical phrases. Students’ work with “Death of a Pig” serves as a springboard for discussion of the structure of a narrative essay, of which White’s text is a masterful example, as well as the structure of classic tragedy.


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Bilingual Language Progressions

These resources, developed by the New York State Education Department, provide standard-level scaffolding suggestions for English Language Learners (ELLs) to help them meet grade-level demands. Each resource contains scaffolds at multiple levels of language acquisition and describes the linguistic demands of the standards to help ELA teachers as well as ESL/bilingual teachers scaffold content for their English learning students.


From of the New York State Education Department. Grade 10 ELA Module 4, Unit 1. Available from; accessed 2015-05-29.
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